Principal Financial Group Associate Accountant - #221222 in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Area: AccountingBusiness Area: Principal FundsLocation: IA - Des MoinesCareer Category: Experienced ProfessionalFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularDate Posted: 2017-12-06

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By choosing to work at Principal, you'll be a part of making a difference in the lives of customers and in communities. And you can make a difference in your own life by joining a company that cares about its employees as much as it cares about its customers. From career development to comprehensive benefits to our vibrant, diverse work environment, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enrich your personal and professional life.


We are actively seeking an Associate Accountant to join the mutual fund tax team. The team which has responsibility for oversight of all outsourced tax work, establishing tax policies and controls and financial analysis and interpretation of regulated investment company tax accounting information for 100+ mutual funds and our growing exchange-traded funds (ETF) business.

We are looking for someone that is self-motivated and actively participates in the maintenance, preparation and analysis of financial information related to mutual funds and ETFs.

This role requires strong collaboration across the team as well as department. The work includes extracting and compiling data, research, analytics and communication with internal and external business partners. You would also assist in the development, administration, maintenance and analysis of accounting procedures to ensure the integrity of information and protection of capital.


  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance, or equivalent experience required.

  • Must have strong problem solving, leadership and analytical skills.

  • Excellent communication skills required.

  • Must have good interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrates the ability to accept and adapt to a changing environment.

  • Strong Excel capabilities strongly preferred.

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This position is not eligible for sponsorship for work authorization by Principal. Therefore, if you will require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, we cannot consider your application at this time.


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